WHERE WE STAY:
WHERE WE STAY is a series that looks at BJJ subcultures in unexpected places. For each episode in this series, we poll large groups of grapplers, not just about where they train, but about the local cultures that empower their time on the mat. What you see here is not an exhaustive look, but a little glimpse into the culture of Senegal.
WHERE WE ARE:
WHERE WE TRAIN:
Bokk Jiu Jitsu
Comico Budo Club (Comico, ouakam)
Team Dakar BJJ (Mermoz, French military base)
WORDS TO DESCRIBE SENEGAL:
Fill in the [blanks]: “Jiu Jitsu in [MY CITY] is all about [BLANK] and [BLANK].”
Jiu Jitsu in Dakar is all about community and perseverance!
WE ARE UNITED BY:
Our deep passion for excelling in our craft. Being connected as friends, family and community. Wrestling (because wrestling is the national sport) and we all look forward to BJJ gaining more popularity and recognition.
SOME THINGS THE WORLD GETS RIGHT ABOUT US:
There is alot going on. Great energy. Things are constantly moving, it is truly a city that never sleeps. We also carry ourselves with dignity and we never accept breaking the family rules. And we are very friendly and welcoming. Senegal is known as "pays de la Teranga", or ‘the country of hospitality’.
SOME THINGS THE WORLD GETS WRONG ABOUT US:
Safety. A lot of people listen to bad experiences from a handful of visitors, but rarely ask the locals about safe ways to go about their day. As big cities go, Dakar is one of the safest. Especially when you have someone from the city to show you the great places to be. And the level of modernity. Poverty is present in Senegal, but it's not the case for every city.
WHAT WE MISS WHEN WE’RE NOT HERE:
We miss wrestling on the beach, our Jiu Jitsu, Judo, the local coffee shop and most importantly, our diversity. In Senegal you can really meet people from all over Africa, and in fact, the world. You can get in touch with so many different cultures - their foods, ways of dressing and living.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Surfing at Copacabana in Virage
Playing tennis at the courts in Centreville
Dancing the night away to live music at Soleil Cafe in Almadies
Safari with the lions
Mamelle beach (mamelle, ouakam/Dakar)
Surfing at Surfer Paradise (Corniche des Almadie/Dakar)
WHERE WE EAT AFTER TRAINING:
A meal with training partners at their homes.
Shawarmas at La Gondole in Almadies.
Quick frozen yogurt around the city.
Café Soleil Corniche ouest Almadie Dakar
Mer à Table Corniche ouest Almadie Dakar
Dibiterie (like barbecue) in every neighborhood.
La Calebasse (mamelle, Ouakam/Dakar)
Chez Katia (Corniche des Almadie/Dakar)
WHERE WE MEET FRIENDS AND GRAB A DRINK:
Anywhere on the Petit Corniche - Prainha or Cabane du Surfer
Seaside drinks at Copacabana in Yoff
Nandoo’ poste Fann
Black and White at Ngor plage
Chez max (mamelle, ouakam/Dakar)
Chez Fatou (Corniche des Almadie/Dakar )
Surfer Paradise (Corniche des Almadie /Dakar)
Shot by: Jaron Hampton